Racism in the UK ≠ racism in the Yukon

From “‘Racist’ job ad sparks investigation” on The Register today.

The ad, placed on jobsite.co.uk, said: “Minimum six years of experience in IT … The person should be a UK citizen with security clearance from the UK Government. Preferably of Indian origin.” … Tory MP for Monmouth, David Davies, said the ad was clearly racist …

From an ad in the Yukon News on February 19, 2010.

“…preference will be given to First Nation applicants…”

5 thoughts on “Racism in the UK ≠ racism in the Yukon

  1. This is a tough one Andrew, is it racism if your race is better suited to the job? They may have worded it badly in the UK and it was really language they were after.

    Here in Yukon there is a huge disparity in employment opportunities to first nation people that an extra boost is sometimes required to help change that. This can be debated at length but my own experiances lead me to say that for some positions extra effort should be made to employ someone of first nation decent. Just my thought 🙂

  2. [[Here in Yukon there is a huge disparity in employment opportunities to first nation people…]

    Yes, there sure is – 3/4 of the posts posted give preference to Indians.

  3. I thought Affirmative action was over…

    I think the ad your referring to is for CYFN, So it makes sense that they state that. They’re not saying that non-first nations will not be considered, just that they will be weighed differently.

    It’s a step up from: White people need not apply.

  4. Although there are some limitations, personally, I believe that affirmative action is necessary when certain groups in society suffer from discrimination in employment.
    Think of it this way:
    1- Prejudice/stereotype against Group A that “they are not hard-working.”
    2- Employer doesn’t hire candidate from Group A because of pre-conceived idea that Group A “is not hard-working.”
    3 – Candidate from Group A continues to have difficulty in finding employment because of 1 and 2 (discrimination) and suffers from social disadvantages because of lack of employment.
    4 – Prejudice/stereotype that Group A “is not hard-working” is reinforced as is the belief in their inferiority.
    5 – The cycle of prejudice and discrimination continues.
    Also known as the Thomas Theorem.
    Unfortunately, instead of noticing examples of members of Group A who ARE hard-working, we tend to notice those who confirm our expectancies of stereotypes.
    The same applies to other sectors in our society who are discriminated against. It reminds me of a female acquaintance who, during a job interview in a male-dominated field, was asked about her plans to have children because she was in the “baby-making stage” of her life. This comment, at least, gave her the opportunity to respond, but most discrimination is not so blatant. This employer obviously held the view that women in “the baby-making stage” were not not as productive and/or are a liability to his business.
    Andrew, I can’t comment on that particular ad in the UK as I’m not familiar with the situation there, but I am referring to employment opportunities in Canada that state that preference will be given to First Nations candidates.

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